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Tāhere Tikitiki - The Making of a Māori Canoe

Television (Full Length) – 1974

To learn is to respect, to participate in a heritage. So let us take this canoe as a symbol of collective spirit.
– Narrator Harry Dansey
Probably the first National Film Unit film to pass beyond the Integration Myth and begin an overt dichotomizing of Māori and Pākehā cultures.
– Martin Blythe, Naming of the Other: Images of the Maori in New Zealand Film and Television
That sense of belonging, when your ancestors are present, and being proud of a civilisation which for the Māori leads back beyond the great ocean migration from Hawaiiki and beyond.
– Narrator Harry Dansey, on the importance of waka building process